Friday, February 27, 2009


Ok, Paula double dog dared me to play the "10 favorite things" game with the letter "K". It's a hard one and I loved Marcy's post when she played with pictures, so I'm going to give it a we go......................

Karaoke~I love to hear my BFF Terri doing it! Especially when Enrichment is involved. It's a joke.....

Kings~As in Burger...........yeah, you get it! He's my kind of man!!

Knees~Try walking without 'em! Love 'em for sure.

Kindergarten~I love Kindergarten~the beginning of many long years of school ahead of you. Tanner loves Kindergarten too~

Knights~In shining armor! Yeah, I have one!!

KoolAid~Especially when you can chase it with a Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper.......yeah!


Kiss~There is just nothing quite like a good kiss! Some are better than others, especially if it's from your Sweetie Pie!

Ketchup~How could you eat fish and chips, french fries or scrambled eggs without Ketchup?
What's not to love?

Kids~I love kids! Especially my grand kids!
Kettlecorn~I love kettlecorn, especially at the Fair or a Carnival. Very fattening though, that's probably why I love it!

Girls gone wild.....Roadtrip!!!!

Well folks........we're off. I'm taking off with my Aunt, sister and Las Vegas! I have a cousin that lives there. She's out of the hospital and into a rehab center until she is strong enough to go home, so we decided to go see her. Lena's one of our favorite cousins and we can't wait to visit with her and her family. Nel, Char and Amy are a blast and I can't think of any relatives I'd rather spend time with! So, I'm away from the computer until I return Monday night, but I'll have lots of good pictures of good people to share with you when I return! Later

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Finally....a labor of love!!

A few weeks ago we had an Enrichment meeting on Sq. Ft. Gardening. Newel went with me and we learned about having a garden on the patio. We have no yard, it's all asphalt or brick, no grass at all. So Newel decided we were going to try to do this..........and look how it turned out. I'm so proud of him.

He built the boxes instead of square he made them long....there wasn't enough room on our patio for square ones. He also put them up on bricks so he wouldn't have to bend down on the grown. How smart is he?
Then he filled them with soil..........and the the hardest part............what to plant?
Here' the finished products!! He planted squash, bell pepper, green beans, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and regular tomatoes! Yummmmmmy!~

Can't wait to reap the fruits of his labors!!! Come visit and stay for dinner, we'll share with you!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Does your dryer eat socks?

What a cute idea! Wish I could have had this when I had kids at home, but Newel still thinks my dryer eats socks, no kidding. I might have to make one of these for my laundry room. Here's where I found it, check it out.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"R" you ready for some fun???????

I found this blog and they were playing a game where another blogger friend assigned her a letter and she had to come up with 10 things she loves beginning with that letter. I thought it sounded like fun so I thought I'd start this game on my blog too.

If you follow my blog and want to play, here's what you do. Leave me a "comment" that you want to play and I'll assign you a letter. You are to share with us 10 things you love... that begin with that letter. Then you play it forward and folks will in turn leave you a comment and you can assign them a letter and on and on....................Come on and play!

My letter is "R" are the things I love that begin with "R"

  1. Rylle......he's my first grandson. There will always be something special about Rylle to me
  2. Religion~My very life, everything I have and will ever have centers around my religion. Without it I would be wondering aimlessly around in circles wondering who I am and what my life is about.
  3. Recipes~I'm a much better cook when I have a recipe. I love to read recipe books, yep, from cover to cover
  4. Reality TV~I know, I hate to admit it but I love "Jon and Kate plus 8" "The Bachelor" "Dancing with the Stars" "American Idol"...I know, I'm shallow
  5. Relationships~I would be so sad without the relationships in my life with my family(my kids, grand kids and hubby), my friends and with my Heavenly Father
  6. Red~For decorating, for hair, for fashion, I love RED!
  7. Relatives~What would I be without my brothers and sister and my dad and my cousins and aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews. What sweet folks! Love you to bits!
  8. Relief Society~I've just recently been able to attend Relief Society again. When YW go into their classes I go to Relief Society. I love being able to go to RS
  9. Restaurants~Especially on a night I don't want to cook! Some of my favorites are Cheesecake Factory, Ned's Crazy Sub, Olive Garden, Nandos
  10. Reading~your blogs! I love blogging and all my blogging buddies. I have found and reconnected with folks I never would have believed I would be communicating with on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing your life and blog with me!!

I'm almost 6.............

This is Tanner, the birthday boy. He'll be 6 on Friday. It's a tradition to have a birthday dinner and party at Grandma's house. We'll Tanner shares his birthday with Heather who's birthday is Sat., so she wanted meatloaf. Since she got to choose the dinner, Tanner gets to choose the games. He wants a fish pond. You know, the kind the have at the church parties. I guess I'll go to the dollar store and get some prizes and rig a fish pond and fishing pole up some how.

I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. He wants some kind of Pokeman (Japanese ball kind of things that comes with cards). I don't get it, but the kids sure do. He also said he wanted "cool stuff". What kind of cool stuff, I asked. Oh Grandma, you know, like cool shirts and stuff". What kind of cool shirts, still not knowing what the heck he means. I said, you mean, like Tony Hawk? We'll yeah, but STAR WARS shirts are the coolest".

Then after the party, he's going to stay the night with Grandma and Pappa, just Tanner! Fun, fun, fun!! Can't wait!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Busy, busy, busy!

It's gonna be one of those weeks..............something every single night, so if I'm missing for a few days, you'll know why!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thanks for the memories................

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to
protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was
easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but
along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from
the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was
even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy
chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas
had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen
from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much
furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her
apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to
And the home baked apple pies would be carried to the window sill to cool using that apron.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will
replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

I remember my Grandma Lofgreen wearing an apron, but my kids don't remember my Mom wearing one and I seldom ever wear one. My kids would tell you I really need a bib, not an apron. I've maybe been seen in an apron only on special occasions and it has to be something cute.......usually made by Diane. Someone sent me this little story in an email today and I thought it was just to cool to not share with you.

Now this is an apron for me....too cute!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Make me a spoon................

Newel is going Home Teaching tomorrow and needed a thought. This is what he decided to take to his families.

Did you ever think to compare your service to silverware? All silverware is made to serve, but the different pieces serve in a different way.

The fork stabs. "This is mine it says". It stabs bits of meat, carrots, pickles, salad and cheese. "This and this are mine" says the fork. "Everything for me, me, me". And soon, every single item on the plate is gone , pinned by the spear of the selfish fork.

Knives cut. "Too big" says the knife. Slice, cut, chop, dice. Everything must change it's shape to satisfy the whim of the knife. Nothing is right as it is. Everything needs paring down, carving or separating.

Spoons serve.
Cereal, soup, peas ~ all the impossible foods can be handled comfortably from the smooth bowl of the spoon. Spoons say "Here, let me help you. We can manage together."

Make me a spoon

~Author Unknown

Friday, February 20, 2009

These are the roses of the week.......

Yep, I firmly believe that fresh flowers are a must! It's usually roses, but this week, Babydoll came home with tulips! Just for me!
Today was an awesome day! Lucia (the cleaning lady) was here so when I came home my house was so clean........even the game room. There isn't a better feeling in the world than coming home from work to a perfectly clean house! Thanks Lucia!! Now if the laundry fairy would show up during the night and do the laundry my life would be complete! :-)

This is the room we turn into a craft room when we need it and it is seldom ready for a pool game. But it is now ready for a party! Nice and clean! Air Hockey too, come on over Tanner and let's play Air Hockey. We don't let the kids play pool until they are 8 years old........then you can graduate from Air Hockey to pool, Tanner and Pappa play a lot of Air Hockey.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The power of positive thinking.......

This is my new screen saver on my computer.

These days, times are tough and we seem to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves and feel gloom and doom. We have millionaires being indited on fraud, girl scouts selling cookies being robbed, little girls being abducted from their beds in the middle of the night, a single mom having 14 children with no way to support them and on and on. So what's there to be excited about, you ask? Take a minute and count your blessings, name them one by one. Here's a start:
  • President Monson
  • My home, my children, my parents, my hubby, my family
  • A strong body
  • A job to go to everyday
  • Friends
  • Leaders
  • Food
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
  • A car
  • Insurance
You get the idea. Take a minute and list some of your very own blessings....then you can "SAY TO YOURSELF, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD" and mean it!

Click here to get your own free screen saver from Susan Branch.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I had a date with this man today.........

Well......maybe it wasn't actually a date..............well................... maybe it was actually more like an appointment was an appointment and I actually had to pay a $25.00 copay appointment wasn't really with George Strait..............but actually with someone that could be his twin brother.

My primary care doctor looks like George.........yep, looks like George. He looks so much like George we even call him George, even though that's not his name. But I tell you, call him George and he turns beet cute!

Seriously, if you need a good Dr. he's your man. His name is actually Dr. Crawford (but we call him George for short) and his office is around Southern and Greenfield, Cornerstone Family Medicine. His office staff is the best and I look forward to getting sick (just kidding) to see Linda and the girls and to see George too. I'll give you his phone number if you'd like. Come on, get sick, it's worth it!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What is your decorating style?

Do you ever wonder what your decorating style is? Take this little fun quiz and you can find out. Be sure to let me know what your style is! Mine is so eclectic, I like a little of this and that and my house shows it!! Click here to take the quiz.
I still believe you should decorate with what makes you feel good......not necessarily what is in style.


My style is Comfy Country

"Classic country style is pretty much universally appealing, especially when it's pulled off with the panache that you bring to interior design. Your home is warm and welcoming and lovingly lived-in. Whether consciously or instinctively, you pull together rooms around key pieces, matching or complementing pattern and color with ease and flair so as not to overwhelm the viewer".

Monday, February 16, 2009

Especially for Hanna!!!

When I saw this bedroom I immediately thought of Hanna! She loves the green and black and Audrey Hepburn and she's been wanting to re-decorate her bedroom. Here's where I found it, click on check it out.

Call me when you're ready and I'll be there to help!! Love it, love it, love it!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

This one's for you SHARON

Funny how my posts for today all go together. Here's how:
  • Sharon is Ben's aunt
  • Ben is the groom at the engagement dinner
  • Sharon attended the dinner too
  • I served a yummy recipe called Harvest Pumpkin Brownies
  • This yummy recipe originally came from Deny, the birthday girl
  • Sharon called and wanted the recipe for the yummy brownies
Probably TMI (too much information) but it's my blog and I'll share all kinds of nonsense with you. So Sharon, here is the YUMMY recipe!

In a mixing bowl, combine:
1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin
4 eggs
3/4 c. vegetable oil
2 t. vanilla

Beat until mixed well. In a separate bowl, combine:
2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
2 t. cinnamon
2 t. baking powder
1 ts. baking soda
1/2 t. salt

Stir into pumpkin mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased 15" X 10 " pan.
Bake at 359 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until brownies test done with a toothpick. Cool.

Meanwhile prepare sauce:

Carmel Sauce
1/2 C. butter
2 T. light corn syrup
1 1/4 brown sugar
1/2 C. whipping cream

Bring first three ingredients to a slow boil then add the whipping cream. Serve warm over pumpkin harvest brownies. I put an individual brownie on a plate and then drizzle it with the carmel sauce. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday dear Deny, Happy Birthday to you!

Today is my friend, Deny Paul's birthday. Here's a few special things about Deny............

  • She's talented
  • She has a beautiful voice
  • She's a lovely hostess
  • She loves her family
  • She can sew ~ she'll make you think she can't....but believe me, she can!
  • She's refined and has wonderful stories about her youth
  • She's a piano teacher to many and for many years
  • She's loyal
  • She loves the Lord
  • She is a GREAT cook
  • She's a thoughtful mother and grandmother
  • She has a fun name!

Happy Day, Deny!

Here Comes The Bride....and Groom

We hosted a lovely dinner last night for Ben and Natalie. Ben is Newel's grandson and they are getting married in May. Ben and Natalie are attending BYU, so they live in Utah. Natalie's parents live in Washington and Ben's parents live in Northern Arizona. Needless to say, none of the in-laws had met each other and we had not met Natalie. So, we took care of that last night when we were all together in town. What a cute couple! We can't wait to have her be a part of our family. Welcome, Natalie!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sugar Rush~

There seems to be more goodies and CHOCOLATE around the last few days than there was at Christmas time....what's up with that? And I can't have any of has too many CARBS! My Valentine asked me what I would like for Valentine's Day.........what do you get for a girl that has just about everything she wants and needs? I gave it some thought and I blurted out.................vacuum...........I want you to vacuum.........and he did! So we're both happy. I got the house vacuumed and he saved his money. What a nice RED day we have had!

Engagement Dinner tonight............

Our grandson, Ben is engaged to Natalie. We've never met her or her family so we're have them all over for dinner tonight. Fun!! There will be 20 here tonight at 5:00. Were having the traditional Turkey dinner, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade rolls, green bean casserole, with pumpkin brownies with carmel sauce on top for dessert. Better get busy......there's also a bridal shower for Natalie at 1:30, so it's a full day of LOVE for this Valentines day. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures and tell you all about it!

Valentines Day is almost here.....

Too bad we can't tell people how much they are loved every day of the year rather than saving it for Valentine's Day. Here's a message to all of you.....and don't you forget it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you,

Here's a few facts I learned about Able Lincoln today~

  • He was the tallest U S President
  • He was an animal lover
  • He struggled with depression
  • He was the first President to be assassinated
  • John Wilkes Booth's brother saved the life of Lincoln's son
  • He was an avid reader and self educator
  • His in-laws disapproved of him
  • His debating skills first earned him recognition
  • The Gettysburg Address was not his best speech
Just a few things to think about on his birthday.

Here's the web address for conversation hearts

I couldn't make the link thingy work...sorry. If this doesn't work, let me know.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


To make your own conversation hearts click here